What is body image?
Some people will not know what body image is and what it refers to, so just as a quick overview body image is how a person will see their body which includes the aesthetics of their body. They will look at themselves and compare their body to others because this is how society thinks they should look like. You may learn these traits by looking at yourself in a negative way through experiences through your childhood, your family and social media etc.
To be happy in your body, you need to learn to love your body because without learning how to love your body, you will always look at yourself and pick flaws. By learning to accept and love your body you will become someone you want to be instead of someone you don’t want to be.
Social media and body image –
Within the society we live in now, a lot of people Younger or older hate their bodies for several different reasons. One thing which doesn’t help with body image is the fact social media has a huge impact because it shows how we are supposed to look and what we are supposed to do to make ourselves all look the same. Social media can be a very negative influence because the norm of everyday life is by using social media, you get up in the morning look on social media, you get home from work/school you look on social media.
When looking through all of my different social media, I’ll be looking at all of these different accounts and thinking I wish I was like them, I wish I was thin like them or I wish I had that figure. I think it’s very rare if I ever think that I wish I wasn’t them.
When you are scrolling through your feed if it’s Instagram, twitter or Facebook you will be looking at all of these different individuals putting pictures up of themselves and comparing your self to them because you think your not good enough looking like you. But actually in reality you don’t realise that some of the ‘influencers’ who post these pictures are posting fake pictures and promoting stuff that they wouldn’t actually use.
My story with body image –
I’ve always hated my body, I think for me it wasn’t necessary down to what I thought about myself I think it’s more to do with the fact that it’s what other people think because your always waiting for what people are going to think of you and make a comment about your size.
For me personally, when you’re going through school especially high school you start learning more things and understanding more things. I would go on social media and see people saying that they were on a diet and they were doing loads of exercise to get fit and they’d be posting photos of what they look like. I would then look in the mirror and realise how disgusting I looked, I was overweight and fat, I had a chubby face load of rolls.
Nothing about myself I saw in the mirror I liked. At school I was bullied I would go into school and get told I was fat, I would never be able to go on a plane because it would go down if I was to get on it. All of these things made my confidence and self-esteem worse.
Even now when I’ve left school and everything there are constant reminders and how I look and I’m not how society imaged me to be. One of the toughest things for me is when I have had a bad day or something has happened all you want to do is get into bed and eat your body weight in food, well that was the case for me. I’d get home normally from school and most of the time through high school it was terrible especially when it came closer to exam time I would go shopping and buy a lot of food and just eat it which then I would terrible about after.
Self-esteem and body image –
All of this didn’t help with my self-esteem and body image, because some times you would have a great day and you would feel really good and then other times you would feel terrible and have a really bad day, and just overthinking everything. People will always say why don’t you just go on a diet? But sometimes it’s not that easy I’ve always struggled with diets but then when you don’t notice any difference you go downhill again.
I won’t lie because I’m doing this to raise awareness of things, body image will hugely affect your mental health if you are not happy with your body image. To this day I still don’t like how I look, but maybe in some small way, my story will help others who are also struggling.
If your struggling with your body image and mental health, please do not struggle alone please talk to someone. My DM’s are always open. You are okay as you are, you do not have to change for anyone.
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